Tottenham may have Tottenham’d their way out of the Champions League at the first hurdle this season, but don’t forget there are still three Premier League teams left in the competition. With the knockout stages looming large, what chance is there of the trophy coming back to England?
The good: They’ve topped their Champions League group for the first time since 2011 – despite being paired with PSG.
The bad: Bayern Munich haven’t. The German champions have been taking turns with Barcelona in knocking Wenger’s boys out over the last few years, and you can bet your bottom dollar they will be drawn alongside Arsenal this time around.
The ugly: Arsenal may not have the same bottling quality of their North London rivals but they haven’t progressed beyond the last 16 for more than a decade and Wenger too often prioritises style over pragmatism.
The good: City finally had a Champions League campaign they could be proud of last season when they made it to the last four after years of being humiliated by Europe’s big boys.
The bad: They put in a whimpering performance in the semi finals against Real Madrid, and never really looked like they were going to make it to Milan.
The ugly: Pep’s Champions League record. Guardiola may have lifted the trophy twice at Barcelona but he struggles away from home and against the big Spanish teams – and they will probably have to beat at least one to win the trophy.
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The good: Leicester have taken to the Champions League like a duck to water this season, comfortably topping their group despite paired alongside competition mainstays Porto. Their brand of counter-attacking football is the perfect foil for possession-oriented teams on the continent.
The bad: Their league form has been abysmal this campaign, and as Ranieri struggles to steady the ship domestically, European ambitions may take a backseat to staving off the very real threat of relegation in the second half of the season.
The ugly: Jamie Vardy.
This gives us an overall score of 10 out of 30, or 33%. That’s 33% more than Tottenham have though, and if last season taught us nothing else, we at least know that Leicester are capable of springing a surprise or two. Watch this space, unless you’re a Spurs fan, in which case: watch on Thursday nights.